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Globe Live Media, Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Released on Wednesday, the poll organized by the University of Oxford and the United Nations used polls on online games like Angry Birds to solicit responses from hard-to-reach groups, including those too young to vote. The survey included responses from more than 1.2 million people in 50 countries, making it the largest survey ever conducted on climate change.
Among the findings of the survey, called “People’s Climate Vote”, it is found that about 70% of people under 18 years of age believe that climate change is a global emergency compared to 58% of people over 60 years of age. The general average was 64%.
Cassie Flynn of the United Nations Development Program said this showed a “surge of support for ambitious climate action” that world leaders should embrace.
The survey comes at a critical time for governments, preparing stimulus packages for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that will influence future generations, according to Flynn.
“This provides an unprecedented comprehensive view of not only whether people believe there is a climate crisis, but also how they want to solve it, what are their priorities to get us out of this mess,” Flynn said.
The idea of the emergency was greatest in the UK, which will host a UN world summit on climate change in Scotland in November, and Italy with 81 percent. Support for climate action everywhere was much higher among those who had gone to college, the survey showed.
Overall, the most popular climate policy was efforts to conserve forests and land, which were supported by 54% of respondents. The least popular was the promotion of plant-based diets. The poll had a 2% margin of error, pollsters said.
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